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Tecno Dismisses Malware Allegations, Saying It’s Old News

The Chinese-owned African mobile phone giant Tecno is rebutting new accusations that its W2 phones came pre-installed with malware. In a statement sent to the Nigerian tech news website Silicon Nigeria on Tuesday, Tecno claimed that the Triada malware was first discovered in April 2018 ...

One of Africa’s Largest Telecom Operators Sends Clear Message to the U.S. About Huawei: We’re Going to Use Them for 5G, Now Leave Us Alone

Michael Joseph, the acting CEO of Kenya's Safaricom, one of Africa's largest mobile operators, really could not have been more clear about his company decision as to whether or not it plans to use Huawei equipment in their upcoming 5G rollout. He confirmed that the company will ...

New Data Confirms China’s Transsion Holdings’ Near-Total Dominance of the African Phone Market

International Data Corporation released third-quarter African mobile phone market data that revealed near-total dominance by Shenzhen-based Transsion Holdings in both the smartphone and feature phone markets. Overall, African mobile phone growth remained solid with smartphone shipments up 4% in the last quarter and the total overall market-topping ...

The African Mobile Market Attracts a New Chinese Device Maker

Vivo is the latest Chinese phone maker to set it sights on the growing demand for mid-range devices. Although little known outside of China, Vivo is actually the world's sixth-largest mobile phone company and well-positioned to challenge other Chinese rivals in the African market, namely Transsion Holdings ...

Video Worth Watching: What Happens When China Builds Your Country’s Internet?

Throughout Africa, countries are being connected to the digital economy for the first time, making the internet accessible where it once was not. In Zambia, communication, banking, and public services are all going digital. As in many African nations, this is ...

Why It’s Going to be Difficult to Roll Out 5G in Africa

This article was collectively written by China House Fellows Ye Hongbo 叶宏波, 22, from Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics; Zhao Yi 赵诣, 20, from Nankai University; Wu Weiyang 武未央 from Tianjin University of Finance and Economics; Wang Zhi 王植, 20, from South China Normal University and ...

Video Worth Watching: Meet 26-Year Old Tecno Manager Chen Kai

Chinese propaganda videos produced by CGTN or its parent network CCTV are usually not very noteworthy, but from time to time they do produce something that is absolutely fascinating and definitely worth watching. Because they're CCTV they get access to the Chinese community in Africa that no ...

Despite Rwanda-based Mara Phone’s Claims That Its New Device is “100% African,” Critics Raise a Few Doubts

Last week's launch of the new Mara Phones was widely celebrated across the continent as the company touted them to be Africa's first 'entirely home-made' smartphones. "The ...

Insiders Dismiss Rumored Cell C-China Mobile Deal

"Well-placed sources" are refuting last week's reports that South Africa's embattled #3 mobile carrier is in late-stage talks to be acquired by China Mobile. The prospect of a Chinese state-owned telecoms company buying into the South African market prompted widespread speculation ...

Can a Phone “Made in Rwanda” Compete with Those “Made in China”? We’re About to Find Out.

The first truly African-made smartphone is now available for sale. And when they say "African made" they aren't kidding. While other phones have been assembled in Africa with components imported from Asia, the Mara Phone is made entirely of parts manufactured in Rwanda and elsewhere in Africa. ...
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